Tools for EAA activities

Specific tools developed by EuroScan member agencies to support early awareness and alert activities can be used and/or adapted by other members and external agencies.

Prioritisation:

The PriTec prioritisation tool

The Galician Health Technology Assessment Agency (avalia-t), a member of the Spanish GENTECS network, has developed the PriTec tool for prioritising technologies.

Critical appraisal:

The lectura Critica tool

Osteba has developed the Lectura Critica tool for Critical Appraisal containing 7 different instruments (diagnostic tests, systematic reviews, clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, economic assessments and case series) for critical appraisal depending on different study designs. Each instrument consists of a checklist divided into 10 domains, a glossary about epidemiological concepts and a menu to facilitate completion.

The Web platform 2.0 includes features to facilitate the critical appraisal including: a guided process to complete the appraisals, criteria to evaluate some epidemiological designs that have a few instruments available and automatic generation of evidence tables.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) programme has internationally recognised critical appraisal tools for all study types.